DfE unlikely to receive report about exec principal of defunct Thrive Partnership Academy Trust

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The Department of Education ‘does not anticipate’ receiving the independent investigative report into the former executive principal of the Thrive Partnership Academy Trust, Catherine Hutley, freedom of information reveals. 

The Education and Skills Funding Agency published a highly-critical report about ThrivePAT in November 2019, a year after its own investigation had been completed.  ESFA noted at the time that an independent investigation into Hutley and the trust’s CEO Nardeep Sharma had been commissioned by the trust but had not been completed when ESFA drafted its report.

The independent report into Sharma has been finished and sent to ESFA.  Its contents are being withheld, freedom of information reveals.

ESFA has not received the report into Hutley.  It says

As Thrive PAT has now closed, the Department does not anticipate receiving a completed investigation report.

ThrivePAT is in the process of being wound-up but has not yet done so, Companies House confirms.  Yet it appears ESFA is washing its hands of ThrivePAT despite there being an investigation hanging in the air.   As the trust is closing, then ESFA appears to want nothing further to do with it.  But the DfE has oversight of academies.  It can't just forget them once they are closed.  If any malpractice has happened, taxpayers have a right to know.

In the meantime, Hutley has become assistant director of education for Mid-Essex. 


CORRECTION:  My glaring spelling error mixing up 'principle' with 'principal' has been put right.  I was copying the DfE's spelling.  

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